Grace Period Ends on San Antonio Texting Ban

Monday, Jan 17, 2011  |  Updated 11:00 AM CDT
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Grace Period Ends on San Antonio Texting Ban

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Drivers in San Antonio caught texting while driving can expect to be ticketed and fined after the expiration of a 90-day grace period.

The grace period ended Saturday, and motorists pulled over for texting while driving now face fines up to $200. The City Council unanimously passed the texting ban in October.

The ordinance says the texting ban applies to drivers who are stopped in traffic. It prohibits drivers from using cell phones for anything besides calling, even when stopped at red lights.

The San Antonio Express-News reported that San Antonio is the third major Texas city, following El Paso and Austin, to ban texting while driving.

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